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50 Essential LGBT Films



50 Essential LGBT Films

You’ve sported a red equal sign on Facebook, watched Nancy Pelosi show Michele Bachmann her politically correct middle finger, and read some of those other lists that have compiled lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) films, hailing usual suspects like High Art and Brokeback Mountain as gay equivalents of Vertigo (oh, don’t Citizen Kane me; we’re talking regime upheaval here). Now, as you continue to celebrate the crushing of DOMA and Prop 8 (and toss some extra confetti for Pride Month while you’re at it), peruse Slant’s own list of LGBT movies you owe it to yourself to see. Curated by co-founder and film editor Ed Gonzalez, this 50-wide roster is a singular trove of queer-themed gems and classics, spanning the past eight decades and reflecting artists as diverse as Kenneth Anger, Derek Jarman, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. You won’t find The Birdcage among our ranks, but you will find Paul Morrissey’s Trash, Ira Sach’s The Delta, David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, and Céline Sciamma’s Tomboy. Consider the list a hat tip to what’s shaped up to be a banner LGBT year, particularly on screen, with lesbian romance Blue Is the Warmest Color taking top honors at Cannes, and Xavier Dolan releasing the masterful Laurence Anyways, which also made our cut. R. Kurt Osenlund

The Blood of a Poet

The Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau, 1932)


Fireworks (Kenneth Anger, 1947)

Un Chant d'Amour

Un Chant d’Amour (Jean Genet, 1950)

Rebel Without a Cause

Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955)

Flaming Creatures

Flaming Creatures (Jack Smith, 1963)

The Servent

The Servant (Joseph Losey, 1963)

Scorpio Rising

Scorpio Rising (Kenneth Anger, 1964)

My Hustler

My Hustler (Andy Warhol and Chuck Wein, 1965)


Teorema (Pier Paolo Passolini, 1968)


Trash (Paul Morrissey, 1970)

Death in Venice

Death in Venice (Luchino Visconti, 1971)

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Sunday Bloody Sunday (John Schlesinger, 1971)

The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant

The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972)

Female Trouble

Female Trouble (John Waters, 1974)

Fox and His Friends

Fox and His Friends (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1975)

Je, Tu, Il, Elle

Je, Tu, Il, Elle (Chantal Akerman, 1976)

In a Year of 13 Moons

In a Year of 13 Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978)


Querelle (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982)

The Times of Harvey Milk

The Times of Harvey Milk (Rob Epstein, 1984)

My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Laundrette (Stephen Frears, 1985)

Law of Desire

Law of Desire (Pedro Almodóvar, 1987)

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (Todd Haynes, 1998)

Tongues Untied

Tongues Untied (Marlon Riggs, 1989)

The Garden

The Garden (Derek Jarman, 1990)

Paris Is Burning

Paris Is Burning (Jennie Livingston, 1990)

Madonna: Truth or Dare

Madonna: Truth or Dare (Alek Keshishian, 1991)

My Own Private Idaho

My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant, 1991)

The Crying Game

The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, 1992)

The Living End

The Living End (Gregg Araki, 1992)

The Long Day Closes

The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies, 1992)


Blue (Derek Jarman, 1993)

Totally F***ed Up

Totally F***ed Up (Gregg Araki, 1993)

Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing (Hettie Macdonald, 1996)

The Delta

The Delta (Ira Sachs, 1996)

Happy Together

Happy Together (Wong Kar-wai, 1997)

Those Who Love Me Take the Train

Those Who Love Me Take the Train (Patrice Chéreau, 1998)

Beau Travail

Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999)

Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze, 1999)

Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)

Son Frère

Son Frère (Patrice Chéreau, 2003)

Bad Education

Bad Education (Pedro Almodóvar, 2004)

Tropical Malady

Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)

The Raspberry Reich

The Raspberry Reich (Bruce La Bruce, 2004)

The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros

The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (Auraeus Solito, 2005)

Two Drifters

Two Drifters (João Pedro Rodrigues, 2005)

Mysterious Skin

Mysterious Skin (Gregg Araki, 2004)

The Bubble

The Bubble (Eytan Fox, 2006)

In the Family

In the Family (Patrick Wang, 2011)


Tomboy (Céline Sciamma, 2011)

Laurence Anyways

Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan, 2012)



Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

Welcome to fucking Deadwood!



Photo: HBO

At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.



Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Photo: Columbia Pictures

When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.



Stranger Things 3
Photo: Netflix

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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